Unapologetic Ipa - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by TheRougeBastard:
4.26/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Enjoyed this at the brewery from a freshly tapped keg (so I was told). Initial thoughts were of Enjoy By, but the more I enjoyed this one, the more complex I found it. Expecting a simple "hop bomb" this collaboration was much more than that! There was more malt than expected and it pleasantly co-existed with the hops making for an extremely well-balanced ale...for Stone I mean. Suffice it to say, this bad boy was a hop monster, just a well behaved monster! Another great beer from Mr. Steele! Prost!
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2014 05:35:39 | More by TheRougeBastard
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3.41/5 rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone restaurant pint glass
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa (San Diego), Calif.
Purchased: July 19, 2014
Consumed: July 19, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on July 1, 2014
Poured a golden, pale, clear color with three fingers of foamy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Great foamy layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Great retention on the top all the way down.
Really wasn’t expecting this on the nose. Not a lot of flavor. There were some hops trying to sneak up but it was suppressed. Reminded me of a Tupperware container, where sometimes the food smell sneaks through but for the most part all you smell is plastic (nothing in this case). The light hops appear to be citrus, but kind of hard to tell. Also got milky cream, and faint floral hops and faint resin. Really wish I could have given a N/A rating for the smell.
Taste was better than the nose in that there actually was a flavor. Very interesting hops. I want to say Mosaic or New Zealand, but not quite sure. Reminded me a bit of an imperial pilsner. Herbal notes, grass, wheat and even vegetables. Grew on me as it went down though.
Medium-to-light body. Oily texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, astringent finish. Could hardly taste the alcohol.
Just wasn’t a fan. At least they’re not apologizing for this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 05:38:48 | More by BucannonXC5
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Well, a collaboration... not quite sure how it will go, but we'll see. Stone does seem to know their IPAs quite well.
Pours a big creamy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, very nice soapy lacing, actually quite nice retention too, crystal clear honey orange color.
Nose is pretty nice, fresh hops, floral hops, little citrus notes, faint hint of generic fruit, but plenty of pine and resin, and eventually starts to get to some tree fruits, little pear apricot like notes, and touch of a nectarine like note. Faint fluffy malt base with faint booze note.
taste starts with a big sappy resinous hop note, a really oily hop, like hop oil and resin sap infused right into the beer, it almost gets a little creamy like feel from the hop oils. A mild golden malt base, little toasty and fluffy feel, with a bit of a warming booze. Hops bring fair bitterness, a little spicy and piney hops, into some fruity notes as well, hint of a mild citrus almost pluot like note, more tree fruits, little apricot like, etc. The pine and hop oils make the brain think toasted fresh oak like notes, but not really oak, it's interesting. Finish is fairly dry with big hops lingering, spicy piney and resinous, more sap and hop oils clinging to the tongue, touch of warming booze.
Mouth is med to a bit heavier bod, hop oil thickness coats everything, mild warming booze and decent carb.
Overall interesting, lots of hop oils, pine, resin, spicy like hop notes, etc, with some interesting but very mild fruit and even less prevalent citrus notes. Either way an interesting take on an IPA with unique hop profile, and decent malt base with hint of booze. Great to try, but probably wouldn't get again as there are so many better IPAs out there.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 02:36:55 | More by jlindros
3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Appearance - Light copper with nice head but dies down.
Smell - Floral and some fruits.
Taste - Hoppy and bitterness lingers in mouth. Lacks balance.
Mouthfeel - Hops are great to start but finishes very dry.
Overall - An IPA that is very close to a DIPA. Hop heads will like this from a regular IPA. Very pricey for what it is. Cost more than Enjoy By which does not make sense.This super fresh. Only bottled 4 days ago.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2014 00:14:45 | More by KMachHops
3.89/5 rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
so stone, another huge high alcohol hoppy beer. for boasting some pretty interesting and experimental and yet unnamed hop varietals, it tastes awfully samey. minimal if any new contribution to the hop spectrum offered by this beer. that said, its another darn tasty ipa from them, they all are, but this just wasn't as different as we were all hoping it would be, especially given the parties involved. honey colored brew, extremely well carbonated, clear as crystal, with a lively white head and ring lacing all the way down. a rich oily west coast style nose, pine and flower pollen and other summery outdoorsy smells greet the nose, not much real grain character, but its not lacking body. the flavor ends up being quite delicate, it drinks way too easy for what it is. floral and sweet hop profile, a dab of agave nectar sweetness on the finish, average bitterness, and an insanely well hidden alcohol size. if this was the first ipa i ever had, i may be singing its praises emphatically, but its just not distinct enough anymore of a seasoned palate to get excited by. very well made, they all are from stone, but nothing new, despite the promise of the ingredient list. still absolutely worth buying at 8 or 9 bucks a bottle.
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 19:40:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Unapologetic Ipa from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.